Services for sexual assault survivors in Maryland are available during the COVID-19 crisis. Local rape crisis centers, SALI, and MCASA are available to provide direct services. Learn more

As Maryland and the United States take precautions for the health and well-being of our communities, the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) and the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) are here for you and will continue to provide services to our clients, Rape Crisis Centers, SARTs, and other professionals. Our staff is teleworking, but we are open full time to support you.  

During this time survivors of sexual violence may be experiencing increased dangers and isolation. It is important to share accurate information and resources with our community to make sure that survivors, friends & family, and service providers have the tools they need to respond in ways that are safe and supportive. This page includes resources for survivors, advocates, service providers, and communities. We will be updating this page regularly as more information and resources become available. This page is adapted from our national partners Futures Without Violence, and we have added Maryland-specific information. 

 

Resources & Information for Survivors Resources for Sexual Violence & Domestic Violence Advocacy Organizations & Service Providers Mindfulness & Self-Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Resources & Information for Survivors

Remember that you are not alone and there is support available to you at all times, including during this health crisis.

  • In Maryland:
    • For your local Rape Crisis Center information including hotline hours and numbers, please visit our Rape Crisis Center page
    • MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) continues to provide comprehensive legal services to survivors of sexual violence statewide, during this time. SALI attorneys and staff are working remotely and are available to answer legal questions and conduct intakes for first-time callers in need of legal representation. Please call 301-565-2277 or toll-free at 877-496-SALI
      • SALI’s attorneys and advocates are available to help address financial issues regarding COVID-19 related leave, utility cut offs, internet access, and housing issues.
    • Courthouses and clerk's offices are open to people filing cases or attending court dates and their attorneys. (Other people may be allowed entrance at the discretion of the court.) Judges continue hearing new Peace and Protective Order petitions in-person during normal business hours. After normal business hours or on weekends, you can go to the Commissioner's Office to apply for an Interim Peace or Protective Order. You must initially file for a Peace or Protective Order in person. Courts may allow remote hearings in some matters, either by video or telephone, varying by location. Jury trials are currently postponed through the end of December. For the most up to date information, call SALI or your local Rape Crisis Center. Information varies by courthouse and some courts are allowing access by appointment or for scheduled cases only. This website provides more detailed information: https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusinformationforpublic
    • Sexual Assault Forensic Exams During COVID-19 
  • Find additional state and local resources by calling Maryland 211 or visiting their website: 211md.org
  • A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe in your current living situation, especially as things change due to COVID-19 recommended guidelines. You can review options for safety planning while under quarantine, here (click here for a Spanish version). SALI attorneys and advocates also help address financial security through financial safety planning.
  • Consider identifying and reaching out to a friend, co-worker, or family member who could check in with you about your safety and support needs, should you have to quarantine at home.
  • Your health and wellness are important: 

Resources for Sexual Violence & Domestic Violence Advocacy Organizations & Service Providers

What SA/DV programs can do, adapted from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • Stay up to date with your local health department. Make contact with health officials in your county who can provide guidance and resources as the situation changes.
  • Follow your agency's COVID-19 or infectious disease guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. If you are unable to find supplies of hand sanitizer or other hygiene and cleaning products, contact your local health department.
  • Plan with program staff and community partners for how you will continue to provide essential services and meet the needs of vulnerable populations. See the Emergency Preparedness Resources for Maryland.
  • Courthouses and clerk's offices are open to people filing cases or attending court dates and their attorneys. (Other people may be allowed entrance at the discretion of the court.) Judges continue hearing new Peace and Protective Order petitions in-person during normal business hours. After normal business hours or on weekends, you can go to the Commissioner's Office to apply for an Interim Peace or Protective Order. You must initially file for a Peace or Protective Order in person. Courts may allow remote hearings in some matters, either by video or telephone, varying by location. Jury trials are currently postponed through the end of December. For the most up to date information, call SALI or your local Rape Crisis Center. Information varies by courthouse and some courts are allowing access by appointment or for scheduled cases only. This website provides more detailed information: https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusinformationforpublic.
  • Actively encourage employees to stay home if they are feeling sick. Information about virtual SA/DV advocacy curated by NNEDV is available below.

Resources from other groups:

Mindfulness & Self-Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Self-Care for Direct Service Providers

Methods of Self-Care

These tips, techniques and links were distributed by the Montgomery County HHS/Trauma Services staff to assist with anxieties during the COVID19 crisis we are living through. Thank you to VASAP for this resource!

Draw & color mandalas (options here & here) Pray Exercise
Create a new routine Practice yoga (some studios are offering online classes) Meditate
Connect with friends & loved ones via FaceTime & other platforms Listen to music Breathe deeply

 

 


Last updated 11/13/2020.  If you have resources to share, please contact MCASA at [email protected] with “COVID19” in the subject.